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HAIL, REX!

This photograph just emerged on eBay — and although the seller has correctly identified the star as cornetist Rex Stewart, no other details are forthcoming.  I don’t recognize the bassist or the drummer, and don’t feel secure enough about historically placing men’s fashion to say, “Oh, that suit is from 1947 . . . thus this was taken in France.”  Rex appears much younger than the lean man we see in THE SOUND OF JAZZ (1957), but that doesn’t help us pinpoint a year in any way.

Do any of my astute readers have suggestions to offer?  It’s a fine picture of Rex — looking sideways, as if suspicious, as he often did.  Yes, his suit pulls a bit across the front (a tailor could have moved that button) but it’s a good man’s fault).  Educated guesses welcome!

IT TAKES FOREVER TO SET UP, BUT IT’S WORTH IT!

Advertised as Tiny Kahn at his drum set — but it’s really Remo Bell (thanks to my accurate commenters).  But no matter who’s grinning, that drum is surely something to keep the neighbors in line.

JAZZ LIVES readers are free to invent the most appropriate captions (although this is a family blog, often).